Contact with looked after children during the coronavirus emergency

At Dorset Council Children's Services we appreciate that spending time with your children is important. We want to support you to have a good experience.

Find more information about COVID-19 from NHS.

Changes to your current contact schedule

As a parent you may choose to cease direct contact with your child at this time because of concerns you may have about yours or your child's health.

Help us to help you and make contact with your child's allocated social worker if you want to make changes to the current contact schedule.

There may also be times when we have to suspend contact with your child because they, or their carer, have become unwell or they're self-isolating. We'll try our best to arrange contact in a different way, for example:

  • FaceTime
  • Skype
  • by phone

We'll let you know as soon as we can if this is going to happen. 

Contact your child's allocated social worker if you have any queries or concerns.

Find information, resources and support during the coronavirus for care experienced children and young people

We've brought together useful information and resources to support you through this time.

Foodbanks in Dorset

Find your local foodbanks on our Family Information Directory.

You're worried about a child in Dorset

If you're worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person who lives in Dorset contact our Children's Advice and Duty Service.

Guides from children in care and care leavers:


Read our latest magazine for Children in Care from Participation People

Contact Dorset Council social care

Contact your locality to speak to your Care Leavers Team:

Or contact our central team: